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Ya HOOOOOO ! She purring...

Well took the 2004 VL800 apart today, took everything off, put in new plugs, took the carb off and cleaned it. Replaced all the vacuum lines and fuel lines, took the clutch ruining oil out of it and put in the good stuff and put in a new headlight bulb. And put in my new battery.

Got stymied for awhile, started raining buckets, had to do a mad dash to get all my tools in off the patio where I was working and get it covered quick, and of course it started pouring right after I pulled both plugs and the carb open holes everywhere lol. And while I did everything while I was in there, there is no doubt that it was the carb. It was filthy, when I pulled the air intake, it was completely brown inside, the two jets to the side of the velocity cone were partially clogged, and only one of the two accelerator pump jets was dribbling a little bit. Put it back together and now get two good streams into the throat when I twist the throttle.

Put it all back together and kept my fingers crossed, took a little bit to get the gas back through the lines, but after a few coughs and a couple of fires, it started right up. Shut it off and let it get dead cold, and after a couple of twists of the throttle, and a couple of quick taps it started right up. It's running smooth now on a medium RPM like if cruising. Still sputters now and again, but I think once I get some driving on it, it will smooth out.

Now just have to wait on spring. I put a little Chemtool in the fuel to keep it stabilized until warm weather.
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Well done, Marty!!! Oh, gosh, now the waiting will make you crazy.

Have you posted pics of the bike yet? If so, I missed 'em.

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Yes pics are up.

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Well done, Marty!!! Oh, gosh, now the waiting will make you crazy.

Have you posted pics of the bike yet? If so, I missed 'em.

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Yes mam I have, just click the Link under my Avatar it will take you to my Garage I have three pictures of it up. And boy do I hear ya lol. Spring is going to seem like a year off. I actually thought it would take longer to get to everything, but we got about 2 days of close to 60 degree weather around the New Year, and then 3 more this week.

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I've bought a bike in January before. LOL, it sucked. All I could do while I was waiting was a few mods.

Plus sitting in the saddle, making little 'Vroom, vroom!' sounds to myself.

Looking forward to your first ride report!

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I think most of us are twiddling our thumbs waiting for the birds to sing !

And yeah, having trouble keeping my hands in my pockets....cruising all the goodies sites on the internet......there is no hope I will make it without buying SOMETHING before spring LOL.

Where is your garage? I see you have had a bunch of different bikes.

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Way to go Marty! Glad to hear it's running right.

The winter wait is a killer for us folks up here in New England. This week is a real tease, as it's suppose to get up into the 50's and may even break 60. The bad news is that we just had a major storm and the roads are covered with salt and sand. No riding here!

The only thing that is keeping me sane is working on my new garage. Finally moved everything in and am starting to get the electrical and heating work done. Lots and lots of cleaning, organizing and construction work to do before it's fully ready. Should be pretty much done by warm weather season, so we can focus on the more exciting stuff...like riding!


This work thing is beginning to seriously interfering with the much more important fun parts of life.
I need to get my priorities straight!
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Good job Marty. I've heard running some seafoam thru it will help keep everything clean.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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Yeah, still don't have plates on it, and today it got to 68 degrees here ! So I took it back out on the patio took it apart again, and cleaned and polished EVERYTHING, from the frame out. 8 hours of cleaning spritzing, waxing, plastic conditioner, never seize. Absolutely everything is cleaned and polished and lubed and changed with new fluid......now what the hell am I going to do lol !!!

But it was fun !
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Glad you got your ride ready for the road. I hope you have a great time on it! I took advantage of a warm day and took a ride. Now, I will get through this next storm coming into town and hopefully be able to ride again next week.


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Good job Marty. I've heard running some seafoam thru it will help keep everything clean.
Thanks! But I use B-12 Chemtool. I had two boats with outboards, everybody said use Seafoam, it never helped my outboards at all. Then I did some reading and read some comparisons between the cleaning ability of Chemtool versus Seafoam, so I bought some, Way better stuff. I use it in all my gas tanks for my outdoor equipment for winter storage and never have a problem in the spring with gummed up carbs.

I know a lot of people swear by Seafoam, I just don't like it. Mainly because it never cleaned out or protected anything I put it in.

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